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covered the first twostran years of un. the administration, which was so much fun. ike berger in the '30s. it's the most fun because twice a week you do reporting on anything you want in new york city. and it's supposed to be written in a kind of a distinctive literary voice. and so that was a wonderful assignment. and then i became deputy metropolitan editor, a stint which was interrupted by not one, but two maternity leaves. and, um, when i came back, i realized that i was not going to be able to hold it together with two little boys under 2 and a newspaper job. and i quit, and that's the moment when, um, the executive editor, abe rosenthal, dreamed up a column called "life in the '30s," which i think for a lot of readers, certainly a lot of readers like me -- of a certain age, female -- put me on the map. and i did that for three years until maria was born and then became an op-ed page columnist for five years. >> host: who was charlotte curtis? >> guest: charlotte curtis was an editor at the times, she was a style section editor, and then she edited on the editorial page. and, um, whe
classified. these were documents from the 1960s. as i went to the documents in the 80s in a fresh way, i begin to realize that that was a lot more important and influence world history much more than certainly eisenhower allowed. he had khrushchev here and they agreed to have a general summit here. i think at that summit in may of 1963, it would have accelerated this cold war. when the plane went down and khrushchev demagogue claims over our chair territory from eisenhower accidentally put khrushchev in a position of being extremely tough. eisenhower had to be tough in response. and so the attitude was set for the whole campaign. it was a very tough cold war era in which the two competed. not for the medal of who could continue eisenhower's opening to the soviets, which would have been the case, but who would be a tougher cold warrior. if it weren't for u-2, there would be no shoe pounding. >> host: welcome to the tv. this month we have presidential historian michael beschloss. as our guests come he will be here for the next three hours. we will take your calls, e-mails and tweets. if yo
to increase defense. more important to have a balanced budget. any other president in 1915s 2 did that would have been crucified. >> host: how much was in the newspapers? how big were the headlines at the time? how contemporaneously? >> guest: a lot. those of you who don't remember what that was, mayday 1960 and americans biplane when it down in the soviet union and khrushchev revealed it fairly quickly. there was an enormous raucous. i wrote that book in 1986. you read it more recently than i have but when that book was published the general view of this was it was an incident that didn't have much effect on the history of the world. one reason i wrote it was that was the moment which in american soviet relations and policy history we get documents declassified. this was early 80s and documents in 1960. as i went through the documents in a fresh way and use some hindsight i began to realize this was more important and influence world history more than eisenhower had allowed. eisenhower wanted to reduce the harshness of the cold war. make a chip in the granite so we had khrushchev of here an
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